Faculty and Staff

Prof.Tomek Strzalkowski

Tomek Strzalkowski

Ph.D.,Simon Fraser Univ., Professor (Computer Science)

My research interests are in natural language processing (NLP) and information processing and retrieval (IR). I have been doing work in the following areas:

  • Computational Linguistics: robust text processing, information extraction, fast parsing, semantic analysis and discourse processing.
  • Information Retrieval: automated indexing, linguistic indexing, topic detection and tracking, spoken language filtering and retrieval, cross-lingual retrieval, interactive IR.
  • Automated Summarization: automated abstracting, multi-document summarization.
  • Open-Domain Question-Answering: automated question-answering from unstructured data.
  • Interactive Dialogue Systems: dialogue modeling, spoken-language dialogues, human-machine conversation, semantics of automated dialogue, automated call centers.
  • Knowledge Acquisition: corpus analysis, text mining, machine learning.
  • Logic Programming: Logic grammars, reversible grammars.
  • Artificial Intelligence: meaning representation.
  • Computational sociolinguistics: leadership, influence and social dynamics in interaction, social media, and online games.

Contact Information:

Address: University at Albany
ILS Room 262B, Social Science Building
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: tomek [at] albany [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-2608
fax: (518) 442-2606
URL:

Prof. Neil V. Murray

Neil V. Murray

Ph.D.,Syracuse Univ., Professor (Computer Science)

My main research interest is in automated deduction; this includes both theoretical and experimental studies. The development of inference techniques for negation normal form (NNF) formulas and related tableau-based techniques is central. These techniques could lead to tangible progress not only for automatic theorem provers, but for other systems; examples are deductive databases, systems based on logic programming, and other AI systems with an inferencing component such as deduction-based program synthesis and non-monotonic reasoning systems.

The extension of deductive techniques to various non-classical logics is also prominent in my research activities. These include multiple-valued, annotated, and fuzzy logics.

I have served on several conference program committees, as the local arrangements chair for the 11th Conference on Automated Deduction (CADE); and as treasurer and ex-officio trustee of CADE, Inc. from 1993 to the present. I was program chair for TABLEAUX’99, and symposium chair for International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems (ISMIS) 2005.

Contact Information:

Address: Computer Science Department
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: nvm [at] cs [dot] albany [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-3393
fax: (518) 442-5638
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Prof. Paliath Narendran

Paliath Narendran Ph.D.,R.P.I., Professor (Computer Science)

My main area of interest is in Formal Verification, with emphasis on hardware verification. This research focuses on (a) modelling techniques for switch-level circuits, and (b) reasoning techniques where the emphasis is on improving the proof techniques needed for automation.

My work also includes research on the computational complexity of problems in the area of equational reasoning. In particular, I am interested in the area of equational unification, especially in theories with associative and commutative operators.

Contact Information:

Address: Computer Science Department
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: dran [at] cs [dot] albany [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-3387
fax: (518) 442-3892
URL: http://www.cs.albany.edu/~dran/


Prof. George Aaron Broadwell

George Aaron Broadwell Ph.D., UCLA, Professor (Anthropology)

George Aaron Broadwell is a Professor in the Dept of Anthropology and the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. His primary research agenda focuses on endangered languages, primarily Native American languages of the United States and Mesoamerica. He is interested in the issues of integrating language description and documentation with contemporary work in linguistic theory.

 

From a theoretic point of view, he has been interested in word order, causative structures, lexical semantics, negation, diachronic syntax, and syntactic typology.

Dr Broadwell has also developed a series of research collaborations with colleagues from the Institute for Informatics, Logic, and Security Studies, to work on issues involving language and computation. His current project is Robust Extraction of Metaphors from Novel Data, in which his team seeks to develop methods to identify and interpret metaphors in natural language text. The recently concluded project, Detecting Social Actions and Roles in Multiparty Discourse, was an exercise in computational sociolinguistics, which sought to identify characteristics like leadership and persuasion in small groups based solely on linguistic interaction.

Contact Information:

Address: Arts & Sciences 239
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany NY 12222
Email: gbroadwell [at] albany [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-4711
fax: (518) 442-5710
URL: http://www.albany.edu/anthro/broadwell.php

Prof.Laurie Beth Feldman

Laurie Beth Feldman, Ph.D., University of Conn. Professor (Psychology)

I am a cognitive psychologist interested in language. My research examines language processing (speaking and reading) in both native speakers and non native speakers of a language at varying levels of proficiency (bilinguals).
Research interests:

  • Does reading in one’s native language vary across languages depending on their particular structure?
  • Does the nature a writing system interact with the linguistic codes that guide reading? (bialphabetism).
  • Does the structure of one’s native language (e.g., Serbian, Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch) influence processing in a second language?
  • How does accent affect understanding and memory in native speakers of American English?
  • What does metaphor use across languages and cultures reveal about cognition?

My students and I pursue these questions using a variety of experimental techniques at the University at Albany, SUNY and at Haskins in New Haven, CT where I am a senior scientist.

Contact Information:

Address: Psychology Department
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: lfeldman [at] albany. [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-4711
fax: (518) 442-5710
URL:
Prof. Lauren Eby Clemens

Lauren Eby Clemens

Ph.D.,Harvard Univ.,Assistant Professor (Anthropology, Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science)

My research areas are syntax, prosody, and syntactic typology. The primary objective of my research is to bring prosodic data to bear on problems of syntactic structure and constituency. I specialize in verb-initial languages and primarily work with data from the Mayan, Polynesian, and Otomanguean families. I have also collaborated on a number of large-scale experimental studies on focus encoding and relative clause processing in a number of understudied languages.

Contact Information:

Address: Arts & Sciences 239
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany NY 12222
Email: lclemens [at] albany [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-4711
fax: (518) 442-5710
URL: http://www.lingdomain.org/

Ting Liu Ph.D. — Senior Research Scientist

Ting Liu
Contact Information:

Address: University at Albany
ILS Room 261A, Social Science Building
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: tl7612 [at] albany [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-2637
fax: (518) 442-2606

Samira Shaikh—Senior Research Scientist

Samira Shaikh

Contact Information:

Address: University at Albany
ILS Room 261B, Social Science Building
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: samirashaikh [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone: (518) 437-3606
Fax: (518) 442-2606
Website: Samira Shaikh


Zumrut Akcam — Research Scientist

Zumrut Akcam

Contact Information:

Address: University at Albany
ILS Room 261C, Social Science Building
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: zumrutakcam [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone: (518) 442-3135
fax: (518) 442-2606
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Jennifer Crowley — Research Scientist

Jennifer Crowley

Contact Information:

Address: University at Albany
Arts & Sciences 205
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: jcrowley [at] albany [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-2637
fax: (518) 442-2606


Lori Hurley — ILS Administrative Assistant

Lori Hurley

Contact Information:

Address: University at Albany
ILS Room 262C, Social Science Building
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Email: lahurley [at] albany [dot] edu
Phone: (518) 442-3082
fax: (518) 442-2606

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